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AFCON QUALIFIER: Key Battles As Cranes Face Tanzania’s Taifa Stars: Desabre Under Pressure



AFCON 2019 qualifiers (Group L):

Uganda Vs Tanzania Taifa Stars

Saturday, 8th September 2018

At Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4:00 PM)

CRANES will be in action on Saturday (tomorrow) as they take on Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in their second group game of the African Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers group L tie.

Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike leads his players for this clash which URA coach, Sam Ssimbwa has dubbed tricky for the Cranes.

“We do not have to underestimate Tanzania because history shows that national teams from our region like Rwanda and Kenya give us a hard time,” Ssimbwa said.

Amunike has hardly started his tenure smoothly, the celebrated retired Super Eagles star banned six players with one from Tanzania giants Yanga FC for reportedly failing to report to camp in time.

Key battles for the Cranes;

Murushid Juuko vs Sematta;

Jjuuko will have to be at his best like he did against Mohammad Salah and Emmanuel Adebayor when Cranes won those games with clean sheets. On Saturday, he will be up against the Genk striker Mwbana Ally Sematta.

Okwi vs Kelvin;

Kelvin Yonadn, is one of the best center backs in the Taifa Stars side and he will have to mark Okwi out of the game if Tanzania is to get anything out of this game at Namboole.

Okwi is known for being outstanding in the Tanzanian league and Klevin will not take him for granted. TheCranes striker has been outstanding so far this season.

Aucho Khalid and Himid Mao;

Aucho Khaild will have a huge task of driving the team forward from midfield and also carry out defensive duties with Hassan Wasswa. This means he is going to battle it out with Tanzania’s Himid Mao.

Desabre is under pressure because he has not won a competitive game in ten encounters despite the Cranes winning the first game of the group away from home.  Cranes would want to qualify for the AFCON for the second consecutive time.



I don’t Live On Football Money Like Magogo Who Has Just Started Wearing Suits That Fit Him – Misagga



The former president for football giants SC Villa, Eng Ben Misagga has attacked Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Moses Magogo again over commission on the StarTimes deal.

While reacting to a tweet from sports scribe Martin Kaddu, which stated, ‘No commission agent to be paid for StarTimes Shs26b deal. Confirms UPL Board chairman Rugyendo Quotes’, Misagga said:

“I have never lived on football money I have been giving and I will keep giving football, for Rugyendo I will spare my time. The commissions I get is high level. Magogo akyezimba, Kati aguze ku motoka, these days ayambala ku suits ezimutuka,” Misagga said.

Recently, the Grapevine ran a story of the war of words between Misagga and Magogo over StarTimes sponsorship deal commission. Misagga is also bitter with Magogo who he blames for fueling his downfall at Villa.


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Slim Lead Costs Kobs, As They Are Eliminated



South Sudan 2- 0 Uganda  (2-1 Agg)

It was a disappointing display from the Uganda Kobs, the Under 23 side, as they were beaten by 2 goals away from home in South Sudan.

Cranes left Kampala with a slim lead and they failed to capitalise on their early chances. They were punished by a well organised South Sudan that lost the first leg 1-0 with a soft penalty in the last minutes at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo.

South Sudan will now proceed to face Tunisia in the next round. The two Cranes tacticians Wasswa Bbosa and Charles Ayeikho ‘Mbuzi’ were left disappointed afte the likes of Allan Okello, Steven Mukwala, Mustafa Kiiza, Julius failed to lift the the team past the world’s new nation.



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Onyango Misses Nigerian Trip, As Cranes Travel For Nigeria friendly



Friendly game Tuesday, 20th November 2018:

Nigeria Super Eagles Vs Uganda Cranes

Live on 102.1 FUFA FM

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named an 18 man team to face Nigeria Super Eagles on Tuesday without Cranes skipper Denis Onyango.

The Cranes travelled to Nigeria on Sunday and arrived safely at Westview hotel in Lagos Nigeria. The last time the two teams met, Farouk Miya scored the winner as they won 1-0. Cranes go into this game after qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon next year. Nigeria also qualified after drawing with South Africa.

The Cranes went to Nigeria with two goalkeepers, Salim Jamal and Charles Lukwago.

The team departed on Sunday morning at 9am after the flight was delayed by six hours ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly match.

The squad to Nigeria:

Goalkeepers: Salim Jamal, Charles Lukwago

Other players: Nico Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Denis Iguma, Moses Waiswa, Patrick Kaddu, Isaac Muleme,

Timothy Denis Awany, Isaac Isinde, Allan Kyambadde, Taddeo Lwanga,

Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Milton Karisa, Allan Kateregga, Derrick Nsibambi


Nigeria  07 : 00  Uganda

Nigeria  0 – 1  Uganda

Uganda  2 – 1  Nigeria

Nigeria  1 – 0  Uganda


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